Superintendent Dr. Darrell Sorrells announced Wednesday morning that the two school district employees, Rhonda Lindsey and Amber Fuqua, will return to their teaching positions. However, a press release from the school district also stated that it has been mutually agreed that the teachers will not return to their positions as cheerleading coaches.
The teachers were placed on administrative leave on Aug. 12 after Sorrells questioned them about the possible existence of nude photographs allegedly taken of cheerleaders June 17 during a summer retreat at Weiss Lake in Alabama. The women both claim the school system has no evidence such photographs exist.
The press release also states that following a trip during the summer, two teachers were put on administrative leave as an investigation was conducted concerning allegations of events that occurred on the trip. The investigation has been concluded, as it has been determined that there were no illegal activities.
The two women, special-education teachers, filed now-defunct federal lawsuits last month against Sorrells and the countys school board on grounds of unfair suspension.
Senior U.S. District Judge Robert L. Vining Jr. declared their claims subject to dismissal Sept. 14, and the federal case was officially terminated.
They also alleged in their suits violations of their due process rights and the school systems attempts to subvert Georgias Open Records Act during its investigation.
Gainesville attorney Phillip Hartley, who represents the school system, was unavailable to comment on the dismissal Tuesday afternoon.
Sorrells could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.